Travel

Mar 172016
 
THE NEW YORKER: Collision with an ancient kingdom

There is a quality of person who walks our Earth that can only be properly described as a New Yorker. He – for he is surely a he – is not the brash cab driver of times past, nor the wise crackin’ nanny from Queens (who is surely a she). This ‘he’, this man, stands for [read more …]






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Apr 082014
 
Desert Days

We never set out for Innamincka. But there we were, 2000 kms from home on the last day of the school holidays: dusty, dirty and delirious around a campfire as the sun set over Coopers Creek. Ours was a spontaneous adventure, a road trip from the Gold Coast to Darwin, a caravan led by women [read more …]






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Mar 302014
 
Great Ocean Walk - walking the wild

Where to stop Do you need a map? Logistics – where to stay and how to get to and from the track Is the GOW difficult? The PDF GOW: the forest’s own voice It’s not easy to find information about the Great Ocean Walk, the 106 km track that hugs Australia’s southern coastline known to [read more …]






Dec 032013
 
LESSONS OF THE ROAD: El Camino tips

  People are often surprised, reeeeally surprised, when I tell them most people walking the mystical road across Spain – El Camino – are over 50. And even more surprised when I tell them most of those are women. The exception is during peak summer, when university students take their holidays. No surprises there is [read more …]






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Oct 032012
 
BLUE SURPRISE

I did not know of Chefchaouen’s existence until a week ago, when I googled ’10 best things to do in Morocco’. For all my longing to visit Morocco, in truth I have known nothing at all about its reality, drawn instead to imaginings conjured by words: desert wind, Aladdin, magic carpets, Sheherezade, Bedouin, dates, mint, [read more …]






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Oct 012012
 
ALONE IN TANGIER

It was always going to end this way, missing my bus, being befriended by Muhammed Couscous and spending the night in the one city everyone who has ever said anything at all about Morocco has said: ‘land in Tangiers and get out of the city as quickly as you can’. The young Australian woman I [read more …]






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Sep 302012
 
ALHAMBRA

I am a child; I am standing in the corner of the courtyard; it is dark; I am leaning into the shadow cast by one of two dozen stone columns; my eyes cast upwards; I am watching. I am watching the window above and across the courtyard . . . . . . for whom [read more …]






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Sep 292012
 
GATHERING

What is tourism but a gathering of selves from the dust of time? The pyramids. Uluru. Machu Picchu. Stonehenge. Places of attraction on Planet Earth that draw thousands daily and millions annually . . . for what, if not to awaken memories cast in stone, tune into vibrations of times past, steady modern lives with [read more …]






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